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Aug
1
6:30 PM18:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment - Public Hearing #1 (Cape May, NJ)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four public hearings in August and September 2019 to solicit public input on the Draft Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through September 14, 2019.

The Excessive Shares Amendment considers a variety of approaches to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferrable quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, this action includes measures to revise the process for specifying multi-year management measures, require periodic review of the excessive share cap level, and allow adjustments to be made under the frameworkable provisions of the FMP. Lastly, this action may also revise the management objectives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan.

Additional information is available at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment. A public hearing document is available HERE..

Attend a Scoping Hearing

Public hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30PM:  The Grand Hotel. 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204; telephone: (609) 884-5611.

  2. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Internet webinar. Connection information to be posted at www.mafmc.org/council-events prior to the meeting.

  3. Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30PM:  LaQuinta Inns & Suites, 300 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801; telephone: (410) 546-4400.

  4. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. 2081 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 739-3000.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 14, 2019. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment;

  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org;

  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901; or

  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399.

Please include “SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Aug
2
6:30 PM18:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment - Public Hearing #2 (Webinar)

The meeting will be held via webinar at http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/excessshareaug7/

Audio connection instructions will pop up when you enter the webinar. For audio-only access via phone, dial 1-800-832-0736 and enter Room Number 9294759.

If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before: Test your connection: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html


The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four public hearings in August and September 2019 to solicit public input on the Draft Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through September 14, 2019.

The Excessive Shares Amendment considers a variety of approaches to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferrable quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, this action includes measures to revise the process for specifying multi-year management measures, require periodic review of the excessive share cap level, and allow adjustments to be made under the frameworkable provisions of the FMP. Lastly, this action may also revise the management objectives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan.

Additional information is available at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment. A public hearing document is available HERE..

Attend a Scoping Hearing

Public hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30PM:  The Grand Hotel. 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204; telephone: (609) 884-5611.

  2. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Internet webinar. Connection information will be posted on this page prior to the meeting.

  3. Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30PM:  LaQuinta Inns & Suites, 300 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801; telephone: (410) 546-4400.

  4. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. 2081 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 739-3000.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 14, 2019. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment;

  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org;

  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901; or

  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399.

Please include “SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Sep
9
6:30 PM18:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment - Public Hearing #3 (Salisbury, MD)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four public hearings in August and September 2019 to solicit public input on the Draft Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through September 14, 2019.

The Excessive Shares Amendment considers a variety of approaches to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferrable quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, this action includes measures to revise the process for specifying multi-year management measures, require periodic review of the excessive share cap level, and allow adjustments to be made under the frameworkable provisions of the FMP. Lastly, this action may also revise the management objectives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan.

Additional information is available at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment. A public hearing document is available HERE.

Attend a Scoping Hearing

Public hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30PM:  The Grand Hotel. 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204; telephone: (609) 884-5611.

  2. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Internet webinar. Connection information to be posted at www.mafmc.org/council-events prior to the meeting.

  3. Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30PM:  LaQuinta Inns & Suites, 300 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801; telephone: (410) 546-4400.

  4. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. 2081 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 739-3000.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 14, 2019. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment;

  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org;

  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901; or

  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399.

Please include “SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment - Public Hearing #4 (Warwick, RI)

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold four public hearings in August and September 2019 to solicit public input on the Draft Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Excessive Shares Amendment. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through September 14, 2019.

The Excessive Shares Amendment considers a variety of approaches to ensure that no individual, corporation, or other entity acquires an excessive share of the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferrable quota (ITQ) privileges. In addition, this action includes measures to revise the process for specifying multi-year management measures, require periodic review of the excessive share cap level, and allow adjustments to be made under the frameworkable provisions of the FMP. Lastly, this action may also revise the management objectives for the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan.

Additional information is available at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment. A public hearing document is available HERE.

Attend a Scoping Hearing

Public hearings will be held on the following dates:

  1. Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30PM:  The Grand Hotel. 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204; telephone: (609) 884-5611.

  2. Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Internet webinar. Connection information to be posted at www.mafmc.org/council-events prior to the meeting.

  3. Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:30PM:  LaQuinta Inns & Suites, 300 S. Salisbury Blvd., Salisbury, MD 21801; telephone: (410) 546-4400.

  4. Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 6:30PM:  Radisson Hotel Providence Airport. 2081 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 739-3000.

Submit Written Comments:

In addition to providing comments at any of the scoping hearings, you may submit written comments by 11:59 PM, Eastern Standard Time, on September 14, 2019. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:

  1. ONLINE at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/scoq-excessive-shares-amendment;

  2. EMAIL to jmontanez@mafmc.org;

  3. MAIL to Dr. Christopher Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901; or

  4. FAX to (302) 674-5399.

Please include “SCOQ Excessive Shares Amendment Comments” in the subject line if using email or fax or on the outside of the envelope if submitting written comments.

Please direct any questions about the amendment to José Montañez, jmontanez@mafmc.org, (302) 526-5258.

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Jun
14
10:30 AM10:30

Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program - Public Feedback Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting to get public feedback on the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program. The meeting will be held via webinar on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:30 AM. 

The purpose of this meeting is to obtain public feedback and recommendations from fishing community constituents on ways to improve communications, dissemination, and utilization of results achieved through projects funded by the Saltonstall-Kennedy (S-K) Grant Program. Each year, S-K awards approximately $10 million to fisheries research and development projects (up to $300,000 per project). These projects are selected based on criteria used to determine how well they address the needs of fishing communities, demonstrate direct benefits to U.S. fishing industries (including both commercial and recreational fisheries), and involve fishing community participation.

Join the Webinar

The link to attend the feedback session is https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/891746301

If you prefer to have audio over the phone, you can dial in using your phone. The phone number is (669) 224-3412, Access Code: 891-746-301. If you are new to the GoToMeeting technology and would like to get the app/software beforehand, please select the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/891746301

Contact

  • Cliff Cosgrove, S-K Program Manager (clifford.cosgrove@noaa.gov, 301-427-8736)

  • Jorge Fraga (jfraga@jrdandassociates.com, 305-609-6175)

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May
21
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Fort Monroe, VA

  • Virginia Marine Resources Commission (New Location) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Fort Monroe, VA to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Documents

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May
7
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Public Webinar

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this webinar meeting to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Webinar Connection

Background Documents

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May
6
5:30 PM17:30

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Toms River, NJ

  • Ocean County Administrative Building, Room 119 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Toms River, NJ to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Documents

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Apr
24
6:00 PM18:00

2020-2024 Strategic Plan Port Meeting: Narragansett, RI

  • URI Bay Campus, Corless Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Mid-Atlantic Council will hold a series of public meetings to seek additional feedback on the development of their 2020-2024 Strategic Plan. The public is invited to attend this meeting in Narragansett, RI to provide feedback on performance relative to the 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, as well as to identify recommendations, challenges, and opportunities for the next five years. In addition, participants will review preliminary results of the strategic planning stakeholder survey conducted earlier this year.

For more information on the development of the 2020-2024 Strategic Plan, click here.

Background Document

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Apr
10
to Apr 11

BOEM Offshore Energy Open House (Montauk, NY)

  • Montauk Yacht Club - Vanderbilt Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

BOEM’s Office of Renewable Energy Programs will hold an open house during the Mid-Atlantic Council's April 2018 meeting in Montauk, New York to gather feedback on recently proposed commercial offshore renewable energy projects, communication between leaseholders and the fishing community, future leasing, and to solicit public comment on any public notices that may published at the time of these meetings.

Location: Vanderbilt Room at the Montauk Yacht Club (32 Star Island Road, Montauk, NY 11954). 

Date/Time: Tuesday, April 10, 12:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

More information regarding public notices will be found here:  https://www.boem.gov/Press-Releases/. Additional details about the Council's April 2018 meeting can be found on the main meeting page at http://www.mafmc.org/briefing/april-2018

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May
4
6:00 PM18:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #6 - Webinar

Webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/ 

Phone: 800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#

A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 


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Apr
24
5:00 PM17:00

Squid Amendment Public Hearing #1 - Ocean City, MD

  • he Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

NOTE: The public hearing document for this amendment is now available HERE (posted 4/19/2017).

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold nine public hearings in April and May 2017 to solicit public input on the Squid Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. The Council is also soliciting written comments on the amendment through 11:59 pm on May 18, 2017.

The amendment considers measures to reduce latent longfin and Illex squid permits. Currently, a relatively small portion of vessels with limited access (“moratorium”) squid permits account for the majority of landings in most years. The Council is concerned that activation of latent permits in the squid fisheries could lead to excessive fishing effort, potentially resulting in shortened seasons and increased catch of non-target species.

The amendment also considers measures to modify the management of longfin squid during Trimester 2 (May-August). The Council is considering this action because there is concern that the productivity of the longfin squid stock may be negatively impacted if excessive fishing in Trimester 2 does not allow sufficient spawning and/or successful egg hatching from egg mops.

Hearing Schedule

  1. April 24, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 PM:  The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842, 410-213-0144.
  2. April 25, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101, 207-775-2311.
  3. April 26, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station, 30 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, 978-282-0308.
  4. May 2, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609-884-8421.
  5. May 3, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, 732-544-9300.
  6. May 4, 2017, 6:00-8:00 PM: Webinar, http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/squid2017/  800-832-0736, Rm: *7833942#.  A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, (757) 247– 2200. 
  7. May 8, 2017, 5:00-8:00 PM:  University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building, 218 Ferry Rd., Narragansett, RI 401-874-6222.
  8. May 9, 2017, 4:30 – 7:00 PM:  Doubletree by Hilton Cape Cod – Hyannis, 287 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis, MA 02601, 508-771-1700.
  9. May 11, 2017, 5:00-7:00 PM:  Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901, 631-208-0002.

Written Comments

Written comments may be sent through mail, email, fax, or online through 11:59 pm on Thursday, May 18, 2017.

  • Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE, 19901 (please write “Squid Amendment Comments” on the outside of the envelope.)
  • Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at 302-674-5399 (please include “Squid Amendment Comments” in the subject line.)
  • Email to squid@mafmc.org
  • Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/squid-amendment-public-comments

Additional information and relevant background documents are available on the Council’s website at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/squid-capacity-amendment and in the public hearing document, available HERE

Questions? Please direct any questions about the amendment to Jason Didden (jdidden@mafmc.org, 302-526-5254).

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Apr
7
7:00 PM19:00

Public Information Meeting – Spiny Dogfish Trip Limits

The Council will hold a public information meeting on Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. to gather input on the likely impacts of alternative spiny dogfish trip limits. The meeting will be held via webinar with a telephone-only connection option (you will need to call on the phone to participate).

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogtriplimits2016/

**The only way to participate/talk is to call into the webinar on the phone**  Phone connection information pops up when you join the webinar.  If folks happen to be away from their computer at the meeting time, you can also call in directly:  800-832-0736RM: *7833942#

Background: For 2016-2018 specifications, the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils took no action on the spiny dogfish trip limit, which would maintain the current 5,000 pound trip limit.  The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has requested that the trip limit be increased to 6,000 pounds (http://www.mafmc.org/s/2016_Spiny-Dogfish-to-GARFO_trip-limits-REB-edits_AH-2.pdf), and this webinar-based meeting will gather public input on the potential impacts of changing the spiny dogfish trip limit.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Feb
8
6:00 PM18:00

SAFMC: Public Hearing Webinar on For-Hire Reporting Amendment

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public hearing webinar on February 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to gather public input on a proposed Atlantic Generic Charter/For-Hire Reporting Amendment. Meeting materials and a complete schedule of public hearings is available on the SAMFC website at http://safmc.net/meetings/public-hearing-and-scoping-meeting-schedule.

Click HERE to Register for the Webinar

The Atlantic Generic Charter/For-Hire Reporting Amendment will effect the fishery management plans for Snapper Grouper, Atlantic Dolphin Wahoo and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fisheries. The amendment includes actions to require mandatory electronic reporting for charter (six-pack) vessels and modifies existing reporting requirements for . The reporting requirements would affect vessels involved in the South Atlantic Snapper Grouper fishery, Dolphin Wahoo fishery, and Coastal Migratory Pelagic fishery along the Atlantic coast.

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Dec
21
7:00 PM19:00

NEFMC Scoping Hearing for Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery - Montauk, NY

  • Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting public hearings to solicit comments on developing Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery.  A hearing will be held on December 21, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Montauk Playhouse Community Center Foundation (240 Edgemere St. Montauk, New York 11954; Phone: 631-668-1124).

Documents

Background

The purpose of this action is to implement measures that would prevent unrestrained increases in fishing effort by new entrants to the fishery. The need for the amendment is to reduce the potential for a rapid escalation of the small-mesh multispecies fishery, possibly causing overfishing and having a negative effect on red hake and whiting markets, both outcomes having negative effects on fishery participants.

Through limited access criteria and measures that would apply to qualifying and non-qualifying vessels, the amendment is intended to help ensure that catches of the small-mesh multispecies and other non-target species will be at or below specifications, reducing the potential for causing accountability measures to be triggered and resulting closure of the directed fishery. Three types of measures listed below could be considered. The scoping document includes a list of questions to consider when commenting for each of the following:

  1. Limited access qualification criteria that would determine whether vessels may target small-mesh multispecies;
  2. Limited access permit characteristics and conditions; and
  3. Permit categories and associated measures.

Addressing this purpose and need requires the development of an amendment to the FMP to fully consider and analyze an appropriate range of management alternatives. The Council is seeking comments and input from the public on this specific issue. The hearings are being held by the Council in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A scoping document is available on the New England Council’s website (http://www.nefmc.org/management-plans/smallmesh-multispecies) or may be obtained by contacting the New England Council office at (978) 465-0492.

Written Comments

Members of the public may submit oral and/or written comments at any public hearings or submit written comments directly to the New England Fishery Management Council. Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Written comments should be sent to:

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director
New England Fishery Management Council
50 Water Street, Mill 2
Newburyport, MA 01950;
Fax (978) 465–3116.
Email: comments@nefmc.org

Please note on your correspondence; “Small-Mesh Multispecies Amendment 22 Scoping Comments.”

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Dec
17
3:00 PM15:00

NEFMC Scoping Hearing for Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery

The New England Fishery Management Council is conducting public hearings to solicit comments on developing Amendment 22 to the Northeast Small-Mesh Multispecies Fishery.  A webinar hearing will be held on December 17, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Webinar Details

Documents

Background

The purpose of this action is to implement measures that would prevent unrestrained increases in fishing effort by new entrants to the fishery. The need for the amendment is to reduce the potential for a rapid escalation of the small-mesh multispecies fishery, possibly causing overfishing and having a negative effect on red hake and whiting markets, both outcomes having negative effects on fishery participants.

Through limited access criteria and measures that would apply to qualifying and non-qualifying vessels, the amendment is intended to help ensure that catches of the small-mesh multispecies and other non-target species will be at or below specifications, reducing the potential for causing accountability measures to be triggered and resulting closure of the directed fishery. Three types of measures listed below could be considered. The scoping document includes a list of questions to consider when commenting for each of the following:

  1. Limited access qualification criteria that would determine whether vessels may target small-mesh multispecies;
  2. Limited access permit characteristics and conditions; and
  3. Permit categories and associated measures.

Addressing this purpose and need requires the development of an amendment to the FMP to fully consider and analyze an appropriate range of management alternatives. The Council is seeking comments and input from the public on this specific issue. The hearings are being held by the Council in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

A scoping document is available on the New England Council’s website (http://www.nefmc.org/management-plans/smallmesh-multispecies) or may be obtained by contacting the New England Council office at (978) 465-0492.

Written Comments

Members of the public may submit oral and/or written comments at any public hearings or submit written comments directly to the New England Fishery Management Council. Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. EST, Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Written comments should be sent to:

Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director
New England Fishery Management Council
50 Water Street, Mill 2
Newburyport, MA 01950;
Fax (978) 465–3116.
Email: comments@nefmc.org

Please note on your correspondence; “Small-Mesh Multispecies Amendment 22 Scoping Comments.”

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Sep
22
6:00 PM18:00

Spiny Dogfish Public Information Webinar

The Council will host a public information webinar on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6 p.m. to gather public perspectives on spiny dogfish management. The results of this meeting will be summarized for the Council when it meets in October 2015 to set spiny dogfish specifications and associated management measures.

Earlier on the same day, the Council's Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will meet to develop spiny dogfish management measure recommendations for 2016-2018 based on the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) recommendations of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). A summary of current spiny dogfish management is available here

Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfish2015/

Contact Jason Didden at 302-526-5254 if you have questions about using a webinar to participate in a meeting.

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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Jan
12
to Jan 20

Deep Sea Corals Public Hearings

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold six public hearings in January to gather public comments on the Deep Sea Corals Amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The amendment considers measures to address the potential impacts of fishing gear on deep sea corals in the Mid-Atlantic. The hearings will be held January 12 – 20, 2015, and written comments will be accepted until January 28, 2015. Click here for additional details.

Public Hearing Schedule

The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:

  • Monday, January 12, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 451 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901, telephone: (631) 208–0002;
  • Tuesday, January 13, 2015, 7:00 p.m., The Grand Hotel, 1045 Beach Avenue, Cape May, NJ 08204, telephone: (609) 884–5611;
  • Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Washington Marriott at Metro Center, 775 12th Street NW., Washington, DC 20005, telephone: (202) 737–2200;
  • Thursday, January 15, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451, telephone: (866) 460–7456;
  • Friday, January 16, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Ocean Pines Library, 11107 Cathell Rd., Berlin, MD 21811, telephone: (410) 208– 4014;
  • Tuesday, January 20, 2015, 7:00 p.m., Internet webinar.
    Webinar Link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/corals-hearing/:  Audio: 800-832-0736, Room number 4472108. 
    NOTE: If you have difficulties joining the webinar using the link above, please use this link: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/corals-hearing-2/

These public hearings are accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to Kathy Collins, (302) 526-5253, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Written Comments

  • Written comments will be accepted until January 28, 2015. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
  • Email to the following address: kdancy@mafmc.org; Include ‘‘Deep Sea Corals Amendment Comments’’ in the subject line;
  • Mail or hand deliver to Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Deep Sea Corals Amendment Comments’’;
  • Fax to (302) 674–5399; or
  • Online at http://www.mafmc.org/comments/deep-sea-corals.

Contact

For more information, contact Kiley Dancy, kdancy@mafmc.org

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